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21 June 2013 @ 07:41 am
Defiance  

We’ve started watching Defiance. One of my early reactions was “Who *is* that?” about Datak Tarr, who of course turned out to be the utterly wonderful Tony Curran and once I knew that I didn’t know how I couldn’t see it. (I had, in fact, said, “I know who that is but I can’t see it past the makeup.”) Anyway, he’s great and Jaime Murray, who plays his wife, Stahma Tarr, is O.M.G. amazing. OMG. She’s worth watching the show all for herself, although I like other characters as well.

Nice to see Darla’s getting work, for example, and I love that Fionnula Flanagan is in it. Ted said, “Rockne S. O’Bannone’s involved with it,” as we got started, and while it’s no Farscape, I’ll keep watching happily enough. My one complaint is, did they *have* to give her a magic head? Really? I was hoping she’d just be cool and kick-ass and competent and not also, y’know, Special, but no, Special is on the menu. Meh. Oh well.

(Yes, that’s deliberately kept vague. If you know who I’m talking about, you’ll know, and if you don’t you don’t and that’s okay too.)

“That girl,” Ted said at one point, “doesn’t look like she’d grow up to be Julie Benz at all,” and he was right. Of course, as I said to him, the only kids I’ve ever seen cast who consistently look like they’d grow up to be the older versions of themselves are the Winchester brothers and, and as I took a breath, Ted finished, “Superman.” Which is absolutely true. :)

Plains Cree. Huh. Justin Rain, one of the actors on the show, looks particularly like he could be Tlingit or Hai’da or, well, Southeast/Southcentral Native Alaskan to me, but he seems to be of Plains Cree descent. Well, okay. I really like him. And it’s fun to see Graham Greene playing a grumpy old bastard. :)

- paint bedroom & possibly bathrooms
- finish packing RPGs
- pack office
- pack TBR shelf
- call UPC
- call Airtricity
- figure out if there’s another utility thing to call
- get blog posts set up to autopost next week

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on June 21st, 2013 09:21 am (UTC)
We've just started watching it, and are finding it curiously engaging. I adore Graham Greene and he is having far too much fun in this. And you are spot on about Murray: she's awesome.
Laochailanlatheos on June 21st, 2013 10:00 am (UTC)
I tried to like it. It took me two attempts to make it through the pilot. While overall it's interesting, what consistently breaks me out of the suspension of disbelief is the mayor. While she's a decent enough actress, she's just not convincing in that role, and it keeps me from really getting into it. :-\
kitmizkit on June 21st, 2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, I think she's an awful actress. I've never seen her in anything that I found her convincing in. But Jaime Murray is so terrific she makes up for that in spades, for me. :)
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on June 21st, 2013 11:29 am (UTC)
I meant to watch this and for some reason missed the start...
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on June 21st, 2013 11:45 am (UTC)
*notes another thing she needs to catch up on*
*as soon as I finish catching up on Copper*


(Young Dean was nowhere near as unbearably pretty as actual Young Jensen, but I suspect if they'd cast anyone that pretty there might have been uncomfortable backlash....)
kit: fanboy_spn_carryonmizkit on June 21st, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
Jensen Ackles was almost incomprehensively beautiful as a boy, yes. Mother of mercy. :) (Er, ETA that the Young Deans in SPN have, though, looked like they could grow up to be him. Which was the point that I got distracted from by Young Jensen. :))

Edited at 2013-06-21 02:59 pm (UTC)
billzillabillzilla on June 21st, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
My wife and I keep giving Defiance "just one more week" to win us over. Jaime Murray is, IMHO, the best thing about this show by far. We LOVE the worldbuilding in it, but the plots seem to rely too heavily on cliche'. We're not quite current in watching it - behind by a week or two with the start of convention season and all - but we still haven't quite given up.
rfrancis on June 23rd, 2013 01:29 am (UTC)
I thought about watching it, but didn't find time and didn't find time and Moira didn't leap to it and essentially I've filed it under "if it makes it as far as Netflix..." which is honestly how I am about almost all new TV anyway. (We did start watching Arrow, but even there, we're hugely behind now.)